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April 28, 2008

Bambi vs Bratz

Tammy, if you're out there, after you said that your daughter loves Toy Story I went out and rented it for Mads. One more Fantasia viewing and I was going to lose my mind. Anyways, it was a hit, so thank you! Well, the popcorn was the big draw, as usual. But she’s been talking about dinosaurs, sharks and cowboys ever since, so I think she liked it. Oh, and Mr. Potato Head, which took a while to figure out because it sounds kind of like “Mido-Papo-Ted” when she says it.

Admittedly, there aren’t really any female characters, with the exception of Little Bo Peep who is kind of trampy, throwing herself at every toy with a plastic bulge between his legs. Thankfully she restrains herself from shoving her cleavage at the Etch-a-Sketch. It’s kind of sad when you can’t even trust your kid to a Disney movie. I don’t want poor Mads ending up on a therapist’s couch 20 years from now tracing all of her troubles back to the obvious self-esteem issues of poor, enslaved, dependent Cinderella.

Bratz

But I have to say, pseudo-misogyny and all, I’ll take Bambi over the Bratz dolls any day. I realize that Barbie has some questionable attributes, but at least she has the good sense to mask them under the guise of an all-American image. She may have spent too much time in the backseat of Ken’s hot rod when I was growing up, but she did have a career (sometimes) and clothes that covered her (for the most part). The Bratz wear more make-up than they do clothes, and come accessorized with boom boxes and thigh high boots. And then there are the Bratz Babyz: Newborns with weaves and barely there onesies and bottles of formula (or is that expressed breast milk?) on giant chains around their necks. Don’t even get me started on them.

As a mom, I try to never say never because so many of the things I used to say never to I now do (like feed my 2-year-old Goldfish and turkey dogs while she watches her third episode of The Wiggles that day). But I will go on record as saying that there will never be Bratz in our house. That’s one I’ll go to battle over.

Dora is looking better and better. She’s bilingual, she can read a map, she heaves around a backpack full of all sorts of crap all day long so you know she’s got decent upper body strength. As far as role models go, I guess we could do worse.

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AMEN to that sista!!! I have also gone on the record to anyone who will listen that I WILL NOT, not now, not EVER, allow Gabby to have Bratz dolls. Sorry, but I don't want my daughter exposed to skank dolls. You summed it up pretty well. I have even gone so far as to tell people that if one comes into my home it will be returned, donated or thrown away. Those dolls are disgusting and they are a prime example of so much that is wrong with girls growing up today!

Posted by: kelsy | Apr 29, 2008 11:04:03 AM

ok, so i'm kinda scared to go on record here, saying what i'm about to say, but here it goes! & as i completely understand why you guys don't like, hate, or even may despise these dolls, i have to admit that they don't bother me all that much! my daughter is named jayde, & thinks she was named after the black haired one with the same name! she has quite a few! but the truth is, i think, (& this is only my opinion, so please don't get angry & leave mean responses) they are only dolls! i do my best every day to be a good mom. to teach my kids the difference between right & wrong, to instill goodness, & love (& believe me they know love!) i just find it hard to take any dolls too seriously! yes i know the way they dress is well, a litte skimpy, but i know that my kids will learn about being good, respectful, loving kids from what they learn from rob & i, not from a doll. but yes, i totally agree with you care that dora is the way to go as far as role models. but for now it doesn't bother us at all that jayde plays with these bratz because she knows there only a toy! like when my son plays with guns. he wouldn't hurt a fly, but he's the terminator at home!:)

Posted by: brandee | Apr 29, 2008 4:31:15 PM

Brandee, you should be scared!! Kesly and I are going to come have a Bratz bonfire on your front lawn... Okay, okay, maybe not. ;)

I think a lot of people feel the same way you do about it. And you're totally right that what matters most is the example we set for them.

But I still don't want those tramps in my house. :)

Posted by: Carolyn | Apr 29, 2008 11:30:30 PM

note to self....do not buy mads bratz for next birthday!;)

Posted by: brandee | Apr 30, 2008 11:38:45 AM

First, I just want to say that I don't see anything wrong with Goldfish and turkey dogs with 3 sides of Wiggles! :-)

Second, my sister also said Bratz would never enter her home, and now my 8 year old niece has a huge collection of them. 2 of which I will admit that I bought, because I want to be the "cool" aunt. ;-)

But seriously, my niece is still a loving little girl with a lot of respect for herself and others, so in the end my sister figured, like Brandee, that kids learn a lot more from their parents, friends etc than they do from dolls, and thus she finally let them in her home.

That being said, I still won't encourage such dolls for Kaia, and I certainly won't buy any for Maddie! :-)

Posted by: Jennifer | Apr 30, 2008 10:47:30 PM

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